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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Uttarakhand - A journey to the Land of Gods

Uttarakhand is one of the most mystical and beautiful lands in northern India. This place is often known as “the land of the Gods” or “Dev Bhumi”. It has derived this identity due to many famous religious and pilgrimage centers in its vicinity. This land is blessed with innumerable Hindu temples, shrines and is very famous among the sages.  

Tourist Sites
Religious Sites
Famous Temples
Nainital
Jim Corbett National park
Valley of Flowers
Rishikesh
Haridwar
Gangotri
Yamunotri
Kedarnath
Char dham
Badrinath
Baaleshwar
Neelkanth
Baijnath temples
Sri Venkateshwara, Koteshwar Mahadev
Kaalimath
Narsingha temple
Kailash Niketan 
Rudranath


  Carved out of the Himalayas this land is also an abode for breath taking beauty. This place is filled with exotic flora and fauna, graceful snow capped mountains, scenic beauty and mighty rivers. The pure air, calm and cool climate, a fragrance of religiousness in the air,  the simple lifestyle of the people, a rich culture and history all adds up to make this place a perfect spot for travelers and adventure seekers. This place is a favorite destination for summer holidays.
This land is a home to the some of the great religious sites in India- GangotriYamunotriKedarnathChardham, Char Dham and BadrinathHaridwar is another religious place in Uttarakhand that is visited regularly. Haridwar meaning “the gateway to Gods” is an ancient religious city located on the banks of Ganga. People from various places come here to take a holy dip in the river Ganga to wash away their sins. The evening Ganga Arati is a special religious ceremony that holds main attraction here. The famous Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev also belongs to this place.
  Not much far from Haridwar is Rishikesh, another important place in Uttarakhand. This place is known as the birth place of Yoga. People flock into this place to practice Yoga and Meditation. It is believed that practicing Yoga and Meditation here leads to salvation. This place is also a perfect place to relax and enjoy the Himalayas. Apart from them Uttarakhand is flooded with many famous temples and religious places that hold importance in the religion of Hinduism. Some of them areBaaleshwar, Neelkanth, Baijnath temples, Sri Venkateshwara, Koteshwar Mahadev, Kaalimath, Narsingha temple, Kailash Niketan, Rudranath etc. The famous and the mighty rivers Ganga and Yamuna have its origin in Gangotri and Yamunotri. These rivers are the life line of Hinduism in India.
  Uttarakhand being a hill station has a lot of other tourist destinations apart from the religious destinations. The most famous of them is Mussoorie. Located at 35 kms from the capital Dehradun, this place is known as “the queen of hills” for its scenic beauty. It is located in the Garwal hills and is famous as a stress free tourist spot. The abundance in the flora and fauna, the wild streams, waterfalls, pleasant climate, snow covered mountains all add to the charm of this place.
  Nainital is another famous hill station here. Located among the seven hills of the Kumaon this place is blessed by almost 60 lakes. This region is popularly known as the Lake District of India. The most famous attraction of this place is the Naini Lake where it is believed that Lord Shiva performed his Tandava with Parvati’s body.
Uttarakhand Tourist Map
Another very interesting place to visit in Uttarakhand is the Jim Corbett National park located in the Kumaon hills. This park is named after the famous hunter Jim Corbet. The main purpose of this park is the safety and preservation of Tigers especially the Royal Bengal Tigers.  This place has been a haunt for nature and wild life lovers. It contains a diverse variety of flora and fauna. Almost 73% of this park is covered with deciduous forest of Sal, Mango, Pipil and Rohini trees. This is easily one of the most visited places in Uttarakhand. Valley of Flowers is another national park in Uttarakhand. It is located in the Chamoli district at a distance of about 595 kilometers from Delhi.

  Uttarakhand, a land of religion, beauty and adventure has always been a treasure land for travelers. It is a land of salvation that promises you spiritual upliftment and refreshment to your body and senses. Uttarakhand tour (see more) should be a remarkable one in your life.

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